Jorhlok

Me, my opinion, and things I do.

Jorhlok Profile February 2012: First Post on this Blog

Right. Here I am! I am Jorh of the Nation of Jorh, otherwise known as the incomparable Joshua Michael Brown. This blog will contain basically anything I want to make public. It might be downloadable content, physical projects, information, or just plain opinion.

I do many things, depending on who you compare me to. Wait, wait, wait… bad grammar. I do many things, depending on whom I am compared. I use Free and Open Source Software, bend consumer electronics to my will, program computers, dabble in electronics and robotics, play videogames, listen to music, try to compose music, experiment with food, drink water, lucid dream, sleep, go to community college, be 19 years old, cashier at Walmart, and live in the USA.

Let’s start with the most whimsical hobbies first: play videogames and listen to music. I grew up on games like Super Mario Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, and Pokemon. I also played other games, like Mortal Kombat for the Sega Genesis. Gore cheat code FTW. I also played games like Grand Theft Auto 3 and GTA Vice City at a young age. I basically used cheat codes to mow down cops and roll in my flying tanks. Other than that, I didn’t understand any of it. Luckily, I came out okay. Today I enjoy games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout 3, and Minecraft. As for music I mostly listen to chiptune. You know, the sound that might come out of a Sega Genesis or NES or Gameboy. I also listen to random other tracks that are not chiptune like Thriller. You know the song I’m talking about.

That leads into my next thing: try to compose music. I compose chiptunes, although I don’t have very much formal music training. I’m good at the technical aspects of handling music making tools, like Milkytracker and Deflemask. Anyways, occasionally I’ll browse online a bit to learn a bit more about music.

I’ll finish up my other miscellaneous hobbies now: experiment with food, drink water, sleep, and lucid dream. As for food experimentation, sometimes I combine ingredients weirdly. Here’s a good bizzare dish, egg mishmash. It’s what’s for breakfast. In a pan, put some oil, butter, and/or bacon grease and let it start sizzling or so. Put some sort of meat thing like deli meat or something leftover. I tear up the deli meat into bits. Then you can optionally put rice or something like that in there. Then an egg. Then some sort of tomato product like some tomato sauce, salsa, or Ragu. Optionally, but recommended, put some greenery in there. This can be like shredded lettuce or spinach or some other vegetable-like thing. BTW, we were stirring it intermittently the entire time, okay? Near the end I put cheese on it. You can eat it like that or put it in a tortilla. This leads into my next thing: drink water. I drink water because it is an essential nutrient. In fact, I’m going to stop right now and drink some…

Anyways, due to the limitations of my body, I sleep almost every day. Luckily, I’m learning to Lucid Dream. If I’m sleeping, I might as well do what I want, right? If you’ve never heard of this before, go to http://www.DreamViews.com . I lucid dream about once every month or so. I’m trying to get it to weekly.

EDIT: Dream Views has been hacked recently. Go to www.DreamViews.org instead. The hackers cloned the forum database and hacked the email account to transfer the domain over to a different registrar. They then pointed the domain to a fake version of the website to collect emails and passwords. The real Dream Views still lives, but doesn’t have the .com domain back yet. I’ll edit this post when all this is over.

Here’s on to the technical stuff: use Free and Open Source Software, bend consumer electronics to my will, program computers, and dabble in electronics and robotics. I use Free and Open Source Software like Linux, GCC, LibreOffice, Firefox, and WordPress. Why? It’s all about Freedom. They don’t control me. I control them. I use my computer as I see fit. I also find that Open Source Software usually works better because it’s constantly being improved. I bend consumer electronics to my will. My phone, a Samsung Captivate, runs Cyanogenmod 7.1. It’s a version of Android 2.3.7 that let’s me do things my way. I can underclock it for battery life and overclock it for performance. It lets me drop the AT&T bloatware. I also have some minor experience in fixing PCs. I’ve tried all the options on my point-and-shoot camera.

I program computers. I mainly program, or try to program, videogames. Mid-naughties I was playing with Game Maker and being a real script kiddie. Today, I use a man’s language, C++. Also the occasional straight C. I’ve also dabbled in Java and the various web languages like HTML, CSS, and PHP. Today, I’m part of the recently founded Astral Soft Entertainment Arts LLC. The main focus of the group is on a 3D RPG to be inspired by lucid dreaming. To get the venture started, we’re making smaller games. I’m currently knee deep in a 2D card and board game called Cardboard that will be for Android and iOS devices. The main concept is to use a standard deck of playing cards to play a board game. It’ll have several games in one app. I’m currently developing it with the Allegro library. The unstable branch is just starting to support Android, so when I have the game ready, I’m sure I’ll at least have the “unstable” branch to use in the Android version. I’m not using very complicated feature of Allegro (on a CARD GAME) so It’ll be fine.

I dabble in electronics and robotics. In high school, I was part of the FIRST Robotics Competition with my school district’s team (contrary to most teams, ours was combined of two and later three high schools). The team was number 1723 First Bots of Independence or FBI. I was the first person to be in the club for 4 years of high school. They now have an award named after me for such an achievement. I mainly programmed the robot and did some of the electronics, but for the last two years I drove the robot during the competition. We never made it to nationals, but it was a hell of a ride. Today, I am the proud owner of an Arduino Uno. I’m just getting started there, due to the recent source of income (more on that later). One of my first projects will be to hack into an old RC card I bought from a flea market for $5. I didn’t come with the battery or the remote. But it’s fairly big and has an off roading chassis. I’ll post it here when I’m done.

I’m currently going to community college majoring in engineering. It’s not going as fast as it could, but it’s going. I cashier at Walmart for funds. I started mid-Octoberish, so I’ve been there for about 4 months. It’s not the best job in the world. It’s not the best cashiering position in the world. But now I can afford things like Arduino, so I’m happier than I was before I got the job. Also as mentioned, I am 19 years old and live in midwestern USA. Specifically Independence, MO. So if you want to kill me, feel free to search every house in the entire city. If you don’t find me, try again.

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